Ram Unveils Grand Caravan-based Cargo Van At Work Truck Show
The Ram truck brand unveiled its new 2012 Ram Cargo Van at the Work Truck Show 2011 in Indianapolis, IN this week. The front-wheel-drive van features the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and six-speed automatic powertrain as its consumer-grade cousin, with strategic improvements to make it suitable for commercial use. The Ram Cargo Van will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in the Chrysler Group’s product lineup.
Replacing the side glass windows on the regular Caravan, the Ram C/V features a solid sliding door, rear quarter window and backlight privacy panels in place of the glass. Buyers will have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid or glass backlight.
Among the upgrades made to make the C/V suitable for commercial duty are a heavy-duty load-leveling suspension, a heavy-duty radiator, heavy-duty transmission oil, and specially-tuned hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering.
Ram C/V provides a Class 1 commercial vehicle-leading 1,800-lb. cargo payload and category-exclusive towing capability of up to 3,600 lbs. Ram C/V has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 8,750 lbs. A 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway also deliver best-in-class fuel range.
Further differentiating it from the consumer passenger version, the Ram Cargo Van receives a structural aluminum rear load floor with two flooring options. The optional floor provides through-the-floor access to three exclusive storage bins and load floor tie-downs.
The van will be offered with up to $1000 in commercial upfit or service contract credits, and will go on sale in the third quarter of 2011.